Silver Lining Counseling Brings Awareness to Children's Mental Health

Silver Lining Counseling is sponsoring an Open House to bring awareness to children's mental health. 

Silver Lining Counseling is raising awareness for Children's Mental Health on May 6, 2017. Please join our team on Saturday, May 6th for a fun filled day of activities, games, and refreshments as we raise awareness for this important issue. The free open-house will be from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. For more info. please call 863-607-6088.

A Day of Free Counseling In Honor of African American Mental Health Month

Source: CDC, 2016. Health United States, 2015

Source: CDC, 2016. Health United States, 2015

Although at Silver Linings we consider mental health as one of the greatest assets an individual can have, services to help folks obtain it may not be readily available to every segment of our population. Ideally, focusing on on prevention, early identification and intervention with integrated care is the best course of treatment but if mental health is considered a sigma, seeking help may not even be a considered option. Mental health problems are not segmented to just one population, but sometimes African Americans can experience more severe symptoms and mental health conditions due to a variety of variables. 

As reported by the National Alliance for Mental Health (NAMI) website and the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, African Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population. Common mental health disorders among African Americans include:

African Americans are may also be more likely to experience certain factors that increase the risk for developing a mental health condition. In recognition of African American Mental Health Month, Silver Lining Counseling is offering a day of free counseling services. On Saturday, July 30, 2016 counseling session are available from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. The session are 30 minutes in duration and are offered free of charge to everyone, but require participants to schedule an appointment. To schedule your free appointment please email us at or call 863-370-9502

For more information on Silver Lining and additional services we offer visit

Helping to Keep You Informed  website can provide information on the Victims of Crime Act and resources available to victims and their families. website can provide information on the Victims of Crime Act and resources available to victims and their families.

The events that have occurred in Orlando may qualify under the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). The Florida Attorney General's office can provide additional information regarding the benefits available to victims and their families.They can be reached at VOCA 1-800-226-6667 or visit their website at There may funding available to families, friends, and individuals who sustained loss due to the tragic events. Another resource available is through the National Organization for Victim Assistance

As always, if the team at Silver Lining Counseling can help in any way please let us know!

Dealing With Sudden and Traumatic Loss

traumatic |adjective| - emotionally disturbing or distressing. relating to or causing psychological trauma. relating to or denoting physical injury.

Sudden and traumatic loss is one of the most difficult types of grief to work through. It is very important that the survivor surrounds themselves with positive emotion and physical support as they work through their grief. 

Tips To Help You - 

  • Try to eat healthy - foods loaded with sugar or salt can cause mood swings during an already emotionally charged time. 
  • Try to get plenty of rest - rest when you can even if it is only for short periods of time. Resting will help keep fatigue from adding to the emotionally trying time.
  • Seek professional help if needed - friends and family can be an important support team and sounding board to help talk through the emotions you are feeling. A licensed grief counselor can also provide coping strategies and help you work through the grieving process.

It is normal to feel some guilt (or what some refer to as survivor's guilt) that your are still here and your loved one was taken. These emotions are normal but should not become all-consuming or overwhelming. As our nation is coping with the horrific events of last weekend's brutal attack in Orlando, FL, it is important to remember our hearts and thoughts are with the victims and their families as we grieve for their loss and offer our prayers and support. 


New Groups Starting at Silver Lining Counseling

Grief is never easy to deal with and this is especially true if you are a parent who has experienced the loss of a child. Silver Lining is bringing together parents that have lost a child in a monthly support group geared at helping you cope with the grief in a safe and comfortable environment with others who have made the same journey. The group is facilitated by a Silver Lining Counseling Certified Grief Counselor.

Parent's Who Have Experienced the Loss of a Child                           Support Group                          

The group meets at the Silver Lining Counseling Center on the                                                       1st Monday of every month.                                                                                                           Time - 5:30pm-7pm                                                                                                                Location - Silver Lining Counseling Center 211 Doris Dr - Lakeland, Fl 33813                         Cost - $10 per family



Keeping the Peace: Silver Lining Launches a Mother/Daughter Counseling Group


Mother/Daughter Counseling Group     

The group meets at the Silver Lining Counseling Center on the                                                      1st Tuesday of every month.                                                                                                          Time - 6:00pm-7:30pm                                                                                                                Location - Silver Lining Counseling Center 211 Doris Dr - Lakeland, Fl 33813                        Cost - $10 per family